A series of videos and photos that did not actually correspond to the war between Russia and Ukraine flooded social networks during the first days of the conflict. How to avoid being a victim of these hoaxes? Known six keys to stop the fake news about Ukraine.
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Think before you share
No matter how spectacular or dramatic the photo you saw on Twitter or the video your friend shared on Instagram, it’s important that you take an extra second to reflect if what you’re seeing is real. In these types of cases, prudence is a good companion and it is best to make sure to confirm its authenticity.
Check with reliable sources
The second step is to verify that the information circulating is true. If you received it from an acquaintance, make sure he is a specialist in the field; or if you saw it on social media, make sure it’s from a source verified by Twitter or Facebook.
Even in that scenario be cautious and try to confirm on your own the authenticity of what you are seeing. If it’s Twitter, you can see when the account was created in the user’s profile, or Google when the organization was created. But if you find it impossible to reach the origin, it is best to pass.
Look for the context
Although the images or videos may be legitimate, it is important to understand the context in which they were captured. Many times these are audiovisual records that were cut or adapted to create a different version of the real story.
You can also make a reverse lookup to verify images and videos. For example, the invid tool, helps to check the authenticity of the videos. In the case of images, you can use the Google image search engine: if it’s a photo from another context, you’ll know.
Build a database
However, unless you dedicate yourself to data verification, checking each of the publications you see on social networks is impossible. For the same reason, a good idea is to build a base of professionals who can do the work for you, such as journalists and the media. We have compiled some of the most trusted accounts you can follow.
Use fact-checking sites
A more advanced option is to use dedicated fact-checking tools and sites. Some of the most important are post-checker, PolitiFact or snoops. Another option is to request verification through WhatsApp, which has an extensive chain of verifiers around the world.